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February 2007 
revised '15
 






 

 


SEX is Always MODERN



To call a symbol JUST A SYMBOL

Is like calling a missile headed straight
For your little body- JUST A Missile.

Did you know that people pick up meat cleavers
And get on horses and maim and pillage
Their way to your bedroom to ravage your …

...just because of a cute, little, harmless symbol.

Yet there is much culture and religion  
built around the idea that death is just a wink
or perhaps a 49-day sleep-over while
the tribal elders read to you in the hope

That you’ll change your mind and come back
And milk the yak for another year.

 

Things that are symbolic often feel weird,

Way-out maybe, but traditional at the same time.

Sex, death, easy for you to say, wax poetic

When you want an electric edge to work with

A feeling of familiar weirdness to link all your

Importance to the cosmic inevitable or make

 

Your girlfriend seem modern because she’s

not only sexual but gets naked in the woods.

 

It’s a tapestry you’ve been weaving a long time,

A riff you’ve been hammering on life long -

A piece of music where you are the soloist,

Only you like having all the folks around digging

What you got to say with your keys, your horn,

Your angel voice, your nerve edge guitar –

 

So your head goes back and you close
your eyes, wailin', getting into it

the most wonderful groove you ever felt
where your whole life passes before you

ending in a masterful amen, but then
you open your eyes and everyone is gone.

 

And, you hear a voice reading,

“This is what death is, you are dead.
You can leave now and go forward.”

That’s why I think anything that makes
you feel really, really alive - is MODERN.

 

 

© Jimmy Warner, 2015

 

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